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Cavaliers hold Pitt to 7 first half points; clinch outright ACC title

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By Ken Cross The Virginia Cavaliers’ defense is so good, so efficient, and so trustworthy that it is easy to expect them to come out and pitch a shut out at some point.  Pitt was a close victim in Saturday’s 66-37 loss to the ACC champion Virginia Cavaliers. The victory solidified Virginia’s fourth outright ACC title, the third under Tony Bennett …

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Notre Dame Basketball: Fighting Irish mastering the grind

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By Ken Cross The Notre Dame Fighting Irish have had a tough road in the ACC as injuries to Bonzie Colson, D.J. Harvey, and Matt Farrell have missed multiple game after the ACC season commenced at the end of December.  Colson was considered by many a preseason All-America candidate as well as an ACC Player of the Year candidate, but …

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Marching to Madness Episode 228: Florida Gulf Coast head coach Joe Dooley

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In this episode of Marching to Madness, hosts Blake Lovell and Ken Cross welcome back Florida Gulf Coast head coach Joe Dooley. Topics of discussion include: how the team reeled off an 11-game winning streak to start the Atlantic Sun slate, the impact of two straight A-Sun titles and three in five years, pressure to win the conference tournament after …

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Drexel completes biggest comeback in NCAA D-1 history

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By Ken Cross The Drexel Dragons rewrote college basketball history on Thursday night as they erased a 34-point first half deficit when Tramaine Isabell made two free throws with two seconds remaining to give the Dragons an 85-83 win over Delaware in Philadelphia. The come from behind victory erased a 32-point comeback by Duke in 1950 as the Blue Devils …

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Utes defeat Bruins for fifth straight win

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By Ken Cross UCLA big man Thomas Welsh hit a three-pointer off the right baseline with 2:50 to go to cut Utah’s lead to 70-69, but it was Utes sharp-shooter Parker Van Dyke who saved the day. On the next possession, he defined catch-and-shoot as he caught the pass and nailed a three on the right side as the Utes …

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Duke Basketball: It’s all in the mix

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By Ken Cross The Duke Blue Devils played potentially their best game of the season wire-to-wire on Wednesday night as they dispatched Louisville, 82-56.  It was an eclectic mix of variables that saw them continue to ascend at such a high level. Interestingly, Duke has streaked to four consecutive wins with Marvin Bagley out with injury as Grayson Allen has …

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Duke runs past Louisville behind Allen, dunks

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By Ken Cross A long early week for the Louisville Cardinals stretched to the hardwood on Wednesday night in Durham, N.C. as No. 5 Duke got 28 points from Grayson Allen coupled with a 12-0 run midway through the first half to pin the Cards to the mat in an 82-56 win. As the game ebbed and flowed, Allen took …

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WVU Basketball: Konate’s force powers Mountaineers over Baylor

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By Ken Cross West Virginia big man Sagaba Konate inflicted his force and power through his will in the Mountaineers’ 71-60 win over Baylor on Tuesday night.  He scored 10 points, grabbed 10 rebounds, and had nine blocked shots as he stood tall in the paint against Baylor’s center Jo Lual-Acuil and power forward Terry Maston. Konate, one block off …

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Bulldogs top Texas A&M for 20th win

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By Ken Cross Freshman Abdul Ado scored 19 points and grabbed nine boards and Quinndary Weatherspoon ran his usual floor game in amassing 17 and getting to the line as Mississippi State ran past struggling Texas A&M, 93-81, in College Station. Ado held his own in the middle against the Aggies’ Tyler Davis and Robert Williams although Davis finished with …

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Booth back for Villanova on Wednesday

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By Ken Cross Phil Booth was back at practice on Tuesday and it was announced that he will come off the bench for the Wildcats when they host DePaul on Wednesday. His return is almost one month to the day that he fractured a bone in his right hand in an 89-69 win over Providence on Jan. 23. The 6-3 …